Oh, I am so excited! After 4 looooong months in a weight loss plateau, I have left the "230's" behind!
I weighed in this morning at 228.5 lbs; that's a 38.5 total weight release, from my highest weight of 267 lbs.
I accomplished this not only by exercising and staying within my caloric range (especially over the past 4 days, he he), not only by tracking my food and using many, many tools to get through cravings for chocolately yummy things, not ONLY by praying hard for the Universe to help me, but by tapping into what truly has become the one resource I simply CANNOT live without: YOU!!!
Yes, YOU, all of you wonderful, wise, dedicated, warm-hearted, honest, caring, supportive fellow Spark Friends!
I know this because I have spent the past 32 years trying every freaking diet, short-term starvation, nutrition research, and exercises, including Weight Watchers, SlimFast, OA, and diet pills (popped my first one at the age of 12, and got only a rapid heartbeat and shaking hands!).
I have logged portions, calories, points, days without food, and grueling exercises.
I have punished, tricked, manipulated, praised, and begged myself to get thin, eat less, look fantastic, not be a "wimp."
I have gained, lost, ok, mostly gained :) so, so many pounds.
SparkPeople is the FIRST and ONLY place I have not had to spend one penny - only my willingness, joy, and time - the only place I have felt such a wonderful sense of belonging and community, with such a limitless supply of wisdom, experience, and diversity.
It's the blogging. It's the stories. It's just the right words of encouragement and support, just the right the SparkGoody sent at the time when I most needed it. Yep, it's YOU!!!
So, today I not only celebrate a "new" all-time low (for the first time in 5 years!). I not only celebrate leaving the "230s) behind forever. I celebrate the longest sustained weight loss I have EVER had (6 months and keepin' on goin')!!!
And, of course, I celebrate me, and I bless each and every one of you, because without you, there would BE no SparkPeople!
Thank You So Much,
Blessings Abound for You and Yours!